Karen H.

Karen H.

In October 2016, Karen Haas was looking for something in her attic. Suddenly, she fell 15 feet through a hole in her attic floor onto the garage floor. She suffered a burst fracture of her C6 spinal cord, broke 3 ribs, a partially-collapsed lung and an ankle injury. After five nights in the hospital, she spent three months in a cervical collar/neck brace and a boot for her ankle.

undefinedTwo weeks after her fall, Karen's husband, Lt. Colonel Bryant Haas, deployed to Jordan with the Kentucky Army National Guard. With both children away at college and her husband deployed, she faced recovery alone.

Karen started therapy at Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital at the Hunter Station Outpatient location. She told her therapist, Kim Davis, PT, DPT that her main goal was to return to walking and running when the weather was warmer. She loved that Hunter Station was so close to home. When she was finally able to drive again she would only go to therapy and home.

Karen credits Kim for helping her stay focused with her therapy and regaining strength in her ankle. She was determined to restore her mobility so that she could return to work as Principal at St. John Paul Catholic School. She even ran in a half marathon exactly one year after her fall! Great job, Karen!